How’s everyone doing in this weird period of global pandemic? Perhaps I should rename my blog to filmbasedslacker for first, not being able to travel and second, not being diligent in updating my blog haha!
Back in August, I managed to squeeze out a day or two to do some photowalk around town. For that, I tried on Cirafilm 800 which was kindly gifted by a good friend of mine. He also gave me the ISO200 version of it so stay tuned for that blog post.
Cirafilm is a company based in Indonesia that turns ‘Cinefilm to Cirafilm’ according to their Instagram page. If you like Cinefilm’s vibe and want a cheaper alternative, maybe you can consider Cirafilm?
The effect of Cirafilm 800 makes my photos look as if I took them back in the 80s-90s. I am someone who likes vintage stuff so I definitely appreciate the retro look of Cirafilm 800.
Since the film is of ISO800, it is expected to look ‘noisy’/grainy. But it’s not very bad. I believe this film went through airport’s security x-ray scanner once or twice? (To my dear friend: correct me if I am wrong :p ) What I want to say is that many people are concerned about films going through x-ray at the airport. Based on these photos, I would say there is nothing much to worry because a few scans really won’t damaged the film 🙂 However, it is a different story for ISO1600 films. Hmm… Will ISO1600 films be hard to come by soon since Fujifilm has discontinued their Natura 1600?
Some funny conversation exchanged when I went to develop my film at Whampoa Color Centre SG: The friendly aunty has never seen this film before and she thought it might be some doggy film that would damage her machine. It happened to them before so they were cautious. Don’t worry, they would still take in the film. But if the film is found to be non-C41, they will refund the money. If you have yet to try Whampoa Color Centre, you must! The scan is good!
Overall, I enjoy the vintage or faded look produced by Cirafilm 800. I look forward to trying the ISO200 🙂 So sorry I only have these few photos to show. And I really feel that my photography skill is getting rusty, I don’t even dare to do street photography anymore. Hmm…